It’s not just Lord Triesman who doesn’t know when to keep his mouth shut. Employees seem to struggle with the idea that broadcasting your unguarded opinions isn’t such a great idea. And they continue to do it on social networking sites in spite of the regular headlines about other people’s indiscretions.
A survey published this week by YouGov and Croner claims that more than one in ten under 35s has posted derogatory comments about their employer on a social networking site. It doesn’t help when people are so keen to add to their networks. The research says over three quarters of 25 to 34-year-olds use networks to connect with their colleagues, while 15 per cent are connected to their boss. Organisations are constantly looking at developing policies that exploit the opportunities and deal with the problems associated with social networking. But it would make everybody’s lives much easier if staff weren’t idiotic enough to post stupid comments in the first place.